Whisky Writers Run Islay Half Marathon for Charity

A team of whisky writers, whisky retailers and brand managers, sponsored by Ardbeg Distillery, participated in this years Islay Half Marathon to raise funds for a charity, following the tragic death of their friend and colleague who passed away from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 29 last year. Leading the Ardbeg team was Imbibe editor Chris Losh with a time of 1 hour 36 minutes, followed by freelance wine and spirits writer Richard Woodard in 1 hour 51 minutes. In third place was Hamish Smith of Drinks International at 2 hours, and Olly Wehring of Just Drinks who finished at 2 hours 2 minutes. They ended up raising more than £5,000!

“My family has been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the drinks industry folk since my brother Alan passed away last year,” said Alan’s sister Hannah Grace Lodge. “It is evident how much Alan was loved by all in the industry; Ardbeg’s sponsorship of the half and for all of these wonderful people to run and raise money in Alan’s memory is such a testament to him. He always joked about being a legend… turns out, he kind of was one.”

The results of this years half marathon will be published on the Half Marathon Blog. Noteworthy also is a very nice set of images taken by Phil Williams of this years event. For his half marathon gallery visit www.phillwilliams.co.

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